Making lists

So it’s a very short time now until the competition (*gulp* we got our timetable today! 😵), and while most of the “bits” are done, some aren’t quite there (oops! not meant to hit the wall), and they all need putting together. The good news is that with the addition of the height adjustment for […]

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Let there be light!

I mentioned previously that yellow was problematic in our colour detection, and that I was planning to steal the neopixel strip from my pan-tilt hat to see if that would help with the problem. Well, in my lunch break today I did that, and added the code to the colour detection test to light up […]

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Well the long weekend led to major progress. First off, the motor controller for adjusting the height of the firing mechanism we will use for the duck shoot was added. And because this motor controller can control two motors, we got rid of the switch we were using for the firing mechanism and just used […]

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Before and After

Friday’s main task was cleaning up my rats’ nest of signal wires. I had acquired considerable length of light-weight (28 AWG) wire in five different colours, a nice new crimping tool, and a selection of Dupont male and female headers and casings. So I spent the day cleaning up the mess I had. After the […]

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Sensors mounted!

Right, we now have the ToF sensors mounted. These aren’t quite the same sensors that I was using for test purposes though… in theory they should work the same, but it’s the first time that I’ve taken them out of their packets. Why are we using this ones then? Well, the ones I had been […]

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It’s alive!!

Well, it’s been alive in remote control mode for quite some time, but today, for the first time, Glitterator II’s “brain” was attached, complete with sensors and UART connection, and used to drive the motors. OK, so it didn’t do much – just gradually ramp the motors up from 0 to 100% power – but […]

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The Autonomous Stuff

We’re feeling pretty happy with the remote control side of Glitterator II now. As I mentioned in a previous post, we’re aiming to motorise the height adjustment for the firing mechanism, but not anticipating any problems there. (OK, to be honest there is a bit of a hiccup happening there, in that the board designed […]

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Robot Day

On Saturday, Angus and I went to Robot Day, an event organised by the IET to celebrate British Science Week. Angus and I met Stephen Powley, from the IET, at Derby Mini Maker Faire last year, while we were chatting to Brian Corteil. He invited us to come along to this Robot Day to demonstrate […]

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